Brian Kim, MD

Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine (Clinician Educator)

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Dr. Brian Kim is a transplant hepatologist specializing in the treatment of patients with acute and chronic liver disease, cirrhosis, and hepatocellular carcinoma. Dr. Kim is board certified in internal medicine, gastroenterology, and transplant hepatology. He is an active member of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) where he serves as a member of the AASLD Maintenance of Certification Committee. He is also a member of the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) and serves on the ACG Training Committee. He is an American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Governance Member and serves on the ABIM Gastroenterology Approval Committee.

Dr. Kim’s clinical research interests include liver transplantation, living donor liver transplantation, cardiac diseases in liver patients, and complications of portal hypertension. He has authored numerous chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals on various topics in liver disease, liver transplantation, and education.

He currently serves as the Program Director for the ACGME-accredited Gastroenterology and Hepatology Fellowship at USC and also serves as the chair of the USC Keck School of Medicine GI/Liver Course.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology from Yale University. He received his MD from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He completed his internship and residency training in internal medicine at Columbia University New York-Presbyterian Hospital. He then completed gastroenterology fellowship training at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and transplant hepatology fellowship training at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.


  • University of Southern California: USC Transplant Hepatology Faculty Teacher of the Year, 2021-2022
  • American Liver Foundation: American Liver Foundation (ALF) Liver Health Poster Competition Winner, 2021
  • University of Southern California: USC Internal Medicine Residency Subspecialty Faculty Teacher of the Year, 2018-2019
  • University of Southern California: USC Internal Medicine Residency Subspecialty Faculty Teacher of the Year, 2016-2017
  • University of Southern California: USC Division of Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases Faculty Teacher of the Year, 2015-2016
  • American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases: Advanced/Transplant Hepatology Fellowship Award, 2013
  • American College of Gastroenterology: Presidential Poster Award, 2011
  • Falcon Award for Patient Care, 2010
  • Columbia Residency Program: Hospitalist Resident of the Year, 2009
  • Louis and Rachel Rudin Scholar, 2004-2006
  • Scholar: Ewha University Alumnae Association, 2003-2004
  • USA Funds Access to Education: Scholar, 2002-2006
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 2002
  • Yale University : Summa Cum Laude, 2002
  • William Grey Warden Scholar, 2001-2002
  • Theodore F. Myers and Margaret B Myers: Scholar, 1999-2000
  • Robert C. Byrd Scholar, 1998-2002
  • Yale Club of Chicago Foundation: Scholar, 1998-1999
  • National Merit Scholar, 1998-1999


  • Learning from nemolizumab: A promising therapy for prurigo nodularis J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2024 Mar 07. . View in PubMed
  • An IL-4 signalling axis in bone marrow drives pro-tumorigenic myelopoiesis Nature. 2024 Jan; 625(7993):166-174. . View in PubMed
  • Sensory neurons promote immune homeostasis in the lungCell. 2024 01 04; 187(1):44-61. e17. . View in PubMed
  • Upadacitinib treatment withdrawal and retreatment in patients with moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis: Results from a phase 2b, randomized, controlled trial J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2023 Dec; 37(12):2558-2568. . View in PubMed
  • The role of Janus kinase signaling in the pathology of atopic dermatitis J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2023 12; 152(6):1394-1404. . View in PubMed
  • Irritable bowel syndrome and interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome are associated with pruritus bidirectionally in US. adults. Arch Dermatol Res. 2023 11; 315(9):2745-2747. . View in PubMed
  • Emerging concepts in neuropathic and neurogenic itch Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2023 11; 131(5):561-566. . View in PubMed
  • Difelikefalin suppresses itch and reduces scratching independent of inflammation in a murine model of atopic dermatitis J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2023 10; 152(4):927-932. . View in PubMed
  • Oral difelikefalin reduces moderate to severe pruritus and expression of pruritic and inflammatory biomarkers in subjects with atopic dermatitis J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2023 10; 152(4):916-926. . View in PubMed
  • Phase 2 Trial of Difelikefalin in Notalgia Paresthetica N Engl J Med. 2023 02 09; 388(6):511-517. . View in PubMed
  • Clinical Management of Neuropathic Itch JAMA Dermatol. 2023 12 01; 159(12):1391-1392. . View in PubMed
  • Optimizing Hepatology Education in the Virtual World Clin Liver Dis (Hoboken). 2022 Apr; 19(4):139-143. . View in PubMed
  • Role of kappa-opioid and mu-opioid receptors in pruritus: Peripheral and central itch circuits Exp Dermatol. 2022 12; 31(12):1900-1907. . View in PubMed
  • The translational revolution of itch Neuron. 2022 07 20; 110(14):2209-2214. . View in PubMed
  • Skin-homing basophils and beyond Front Immunol. 2022; 13:1059098. . View in PubMed
  • Transfusion-free Retransplantation for Post-liver Transplantation Hepatic Artery Thrombosis: How Much Augmentation Is Too Much? Transplant Direct. 2021 Nov; 7(11):e776.. View in PubMed
  • Autoimmune hepatitis triggered by COVID-19 Intern Med J. 2021 Jul; 51(7):1182-1183. . View in PubMed
  • Applying the original model for end-stage liver disease score rather than the model for end-stage liver disease-Na score for risk stratification prior to transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt procedures Eur J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2021 04 01; 33(4):541-546. . View in PubMed
  • Associating filaggrin copy number variation and atopic dermatitis in African-Americans: Challenges and opportunities J Dermatol Sci. 2020 Apr; 98(1):58-60. . View in PubMed
  • Treatment and Outcomes of Early Stage Breast Cancer in Patients with Hepatic Dysfunction J Surg Res. 2020 12; 256:212-219. . View in PubMed
  • Liver transplantation as therapy for hepatocellular carcinoma Liver Int. 2020 02; 40 Suppl 1:116-121. . View in PubMed
  • A Unique Case of IGF-2 Induced Hypoglycemia Associated with Hepatocellular Carcinoma Case Rep Endocrinol. 2019; 2019:4601484. . View in PubMed
  • Incidental Coronary Artery Calcification Seen on Low-Dose Computed Tomography Is a Risk Factor for Obstructive Coronary Artery Disease in Patients Undergoing Liver Transplant Transplant Proc. 2018 Dec; 50(10):3487-3495. . View in PubMed
  • Patent foramen ovale and neurologic events in patients undergoing liver transplantation Cardiovasc Revasc Med. 2018 09; 19(6S):53-55. . View in PubMed
  • Mortality from Spontaneous Bacterial Peritonitis Among Hospitalized Patients in the USA Dig Dis Sci. 2018 05; 63(5):1327-1333. . View in PubMed
  • Risk and Prognosis of Acute Liver Injury Among Hospitalized Patients with Hemodynamic Instability: A Nationwide Analysis Ann Hepatol. 2018 January-February; 17(1):119-124. . View in PubMed
  • Detection of Occult Hepatitis C Virus Infection in Patients Who Achieved a Sustained Virologic Response to Direct-Acting Antiviral Agents for Recurrent Infection After Liver TransplantationGastroenterology. 2017 02; 152(3):550-553. e8. . View in PubMed
  • Effect of prior hepatitis B virus exposure on long-term risk of liver-related events after liver transplantation Clin Transplant. 2016 May; 30(5):579-88. . View in PubMed
  • Upfront boost Gamma Knife “leading-edge” radiosurgery to FLAIR MRI-defined tumor migration pathways in 174 patients with glioblastoma multiforme: a 15-year assessment of a novel therapy J Neurosurg. 2016 12; 125(Suppl 1):40-49. . View in PubMed
  • Comparison of outcome in patients with versus without ascites referred for either cardiac transplantation or ventricular assist device placement Am J Cardiol. 2015 Nov 15; 116(10):1596-600. . View in PubMed
  • Sofosbuvir and Simeprevir Therapy for Recurrent Hepatitis C Infection After Liver Transplantation Transplant Direct. 2015 Jul; 1(6):e21. . View in PubMed
  • Multichannel intraluminal impedance-pH testing is clinically useful in the management of patients with gastroesophageal reflux symptoms Dig Dis Sci. 2014 Aug; 59(8):1817-22. . View in PubMed
  • Case report of successful treatment of fibrosing cholestatic hepatitis C with sofosbuvir and ribavirin after liver transplantation Semin Liver Dis. 2014 Feb; 34(1):108-12. . View in PubMed
  • Donor-transmitted malignancy in a liver transplant recipient: a case report and review of literature Dig Dis Sci. 2013 May; 58(5):1185-90. . View in PubMed
  • Chemoprevention in familial adenomatous polyposis Best Pract Res Clin Gastroenterol. 2011 Aug; 25(4-5):607-22. . View in PubMed
  • Operative techniques and morbidity with subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation in 100 consecutive patients with advanced Parkinson’s disease J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2006 Jan; 77(1):12-7. . View in PubMed
  • Microelectrode recording-determined subthalamic nucleus length not predictive of stimulation-induced side effects Neurosurg Focus. 2005 Nov 15; 19(5):E13. . View in PubMed
  • Effect of pelvic lymph node irradiation in salvage therapy for patients with prostate cancer with a biochemical relapse following radical prostatectomy Clin Prostate Cancer. 2004 Sep; 3(2):93-7. . View in PubMed